We have a small cabin in Show Low AZ....up in the White Mountains. I spend a LOT of my time up there in the summer fishing, and in the fall hunting.
I have been carrying a Glock 20 in 10mm up there almost exclusively as over the last few years bear activity has increased dramatically. The CorBon 165gr JHP at 1250fps with 573ftlbs of energy. It is laser beam accurate, easy to manage recoil, carries fifteen rounds in the magazine with a sixteenth in the pipe, and will handle both big two-and-four-legged
critters with aplomb.
I also have a Smith & Wesson 329PD scandium 4" .44Magnum (do NOT ask me why I bought that)...but I usually carry that while on horseback. I load it with 180gr LSWCHP .44 Special ammo in it, loaded to about 950fps. It is a thumper loaded with .44Spl ammo, but not unpleasant. It's obviously lightweight, and it is accurate as all get out. In the three years I have owned it...I have fired 18 full house .44 Mag rounds thorugh it with NO intention of firing any more. It's an AWESOME .44 Special...but a hand-wrecker in .44 Magnum. I also have a Rossi .44 Magnum lever action carbine, an old Colt Sporter AR, and my old Remington 870 cruiser shotgun in the gun safe up there. So...it's pretty well covered. I know camping and backpacking is a bit different as far as weight you can carry...but that is how I do it.
As an aside....there have been a number of BIGFOOT sightings up there over the last decade...in fact two have been within a mile of my cabin. So, I figure if I ever run into THAT hairy bastard...I'm a gonna BLAST'EM!
Obviously...a good 12 gauge shotgun with an assortment of buck and slug is a great in-camp gun. You really can't go wrong. My Dad carried a 5" Smith & Wesson Model 57 .41 Mag as a belt gun with a Marlin .41 Mag carbine (which I don't think they make any longer) as a combo. It worked out well for him.
I hope I have helped to further confuse the issue! Just give it some thought and you'll come up with works best for you.